Expert says Church’s abuse prevention should differ for each culture

Rome, Italy, Jun 6, 2013 / 06:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An expert on dealing with sexual abuse cases within the Church says prevention guidelines being developed with Vatican oversight should vary from country to country. “We’ve realized learning habits and how people respond to some questionnaires and comply to rules varies from country to country,” said Father Hans Zollner, a German Jesuit who heads the Gregorian University’s Centre for Child Protection. “It … [Read more...]

Pope says lamenting suffering is form of prayer

Vatican City, Jun 5, 2013 / 11:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said lamenting suffering is a form of prayer and is not a sin, during his daily morning Mass. “A priest I know once said to a woman who lamented to God about her misfortune, ‘but, madam, that is a form of prayer, go ahead with it,’” Pope Francis said in his June 5 homily. “To lament before God is not a sin,” he added. Pope Francis based his reflections on a reading from the third … [Read more...]

Pope stresses threats to human person on Environment Day

Vatican City, Jun 5, 2013 / 09:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said that it is urgent to focus on people and not just on nature on World Environment Day. “The human person is in danger, this is certain, the human person is in danger today, here is the urgency of human ecology!” exclaimed Pope Francis June 5 during his general audience. “We are called not only to respect the natural environment, but also to show respect for, and solidarity with, all the members of our … [Read more...]

Pope to Syrian Christians: you have ‘great task’ of remaining

Vatican City, Jun 5, 2013 / 05:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis vigorously appealed for peace in Syria and told the Christians there that they have “the great task” of remaining in their homeland despite the ongoing war. “These (communities) have the great task of continuing to offer a Christian presence in the place where they were born and it is our task to ensure that this witness remains there,” he said June 5. “The participation of the entire … [Read more...]

Church to beatify father of seven who saved 100 lives

Rome, Italy, Jun 4, 2013 / 01:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Odoardo Focherini will be beatified in the Italian city of Carpi on June 15 for his life of faith and dedication to helping those in need, including 100 Jews he helped escape the Nazis. “One of the Jews whom he saved said, ‘we are the miracles of Odoardo Focherini,’ and they saw his as their savior and angel,” said Focherini’s grandson, Francesco Manicardi. “His neighbors weren’t just Jews, but … [Read more...]

Pope: Christian speech is genuine, not self-serving

Vatican City, Jun 4, 2013 / 07:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Instead of sugar-coated words and flattery, when Christians speak they should offer the truth with love, without seeking to serve their own interests, Pope Francis said. “Let us think closely today: What is our language? Do we speak in truth, with love, or do we speak with that social language to be polite, even say nice things, which we do not feel?” the Pope asked during his June 4 homily in Saint Martha’s … [Read more...]

Obey God to build peace, Pope tells John XXIII devotees

Vatican City, Jun 4, 2013 / 05:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Imitate Blessed John XXIII by growing in obedience to God and self-mastery to achieve peace, Pope Francis urged as he observed the 50th anniversary of his predecessor’s death. “If peace was the outward hallmark (of Pope John), obedience constituted his inner disposition,” he said at Saint Peter’s Basilica on June 3. “Obedience, in fact, was the instrument with which to achieve peace,” he told … [Read more...]